Trail Spotlight: Girl Scouts, Hornet’s Nest Council Trail
The Girl Scouts, Hornets Nest Trail owes its name to the region’s eight-county Girl Scout Council. The 2.2-mile trail resides within the Girl Scouts’ Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership Campus at Oak Springs. The land around the trail is also part of a 359-acre conservation easement that protects exceptional forest and unique wildlife. In fact, the abundance of uncommon species and high quality habitat led to area being designated as a significant Natural Heritage Area. Come see what makes this natural surface trail so unique!
If you haven’t had a chance to visit the town of Love Valley, NC, now is the time to do it. Love Valley evokes the Wild West, with dirt roads, blacksmiths and hitching posts. After touring the 2.6-mile Love Valley Trail on horseback or by foot, walk through the town and participate in one of the many events that are put on throughout the year.
Destinations that will be linked by the Carolina Thread Trail
Lake Norman State Park is over 1,300 acres and covers 13 miles of the shoreline. The park has opportunities for boating, camping, rental facilities and education programs. The park also boasts its own 33-acre internal lake for fishing and boating, as well as access to Lake Norman’s 32,000-plus acres of surface water.
159 Inland Sea Lane
Troutman, NC 28166
Rocky River starts in Iredell County near Mooresville, NC, flows south into Cabarrus County, then continues southeast to form the line between Stanly, Union and Anson Counties. This river is known for its whitewater rafting and scenic beauty and has great opportunities for trails and access points.